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How to Make a SkinnyTini – Curacao Island Special

Just one more week for the release of the Pumpkin Pie and then Carrot Cake Fall 2012 SkinnyTinis! Why not this week you may wonder? Well because this Friday (Saturday actually because yesterday got away from me) I’m on an island. I’ve been here all week with 3 of my dear girlfriends. We’ve been working diligently to get you an original “island friendly” cocktail that is excellent for vacation. And if you’re not on an island right now, make this anyway – and you just might feel like you are 🙂

This came from our boat ride out to Klein (little) Curacao yesterday—which was nothing short of amazing. On the way back, Jen asked the bar tender for “an island cocktail.” And this is what she came back with. It’s aptly named, “the special.” And we liked it! So what’s the best way to steal a bartender’s recipe? Take step by step pictures, of course. So here is my assumption at the original recipe:

 Curacao Island Special:

  • 2 oz Rum
  • 2 oz Sprite
  • 2 oz Orange Juice
  • ½ oz Grenadine (floater)

Instructions: fill cup with ice. Add rum; add grenadine, so it stays at the bottom, very good layering affect. Add sprite and top off with juice.

Calories: 219 (oops, we had a lot of these yesterday)

But you can see, this is a really easy one to break down and make Skinny. The bulk of the calories will still come from the booze, but by swaping out the high sugar mixers for creative low calorie options you can see how easy it is to save calories.

Skinny Curacao Island Special:

  • 2 oz Rum
  • 2 oz Diet Sprite
  • 2 oz Light Orange Juice
  • ½ oz Sugar Free Black Cherry Syrup

Calories: 140 – 56% fewer calories!

A big chunk of the calories were coming from the Grenadine, which is just a strong red syrup made from red currants and pomegranates. Essentially, it gives color and sweetness.  So it’s an easy swap to change out for sugar free syrup. So I’ll actually test the recipe upon return, because I’m sure I’ll need to mentally escape reality again sometime soon.  But I can imagine it’s just as tasty!


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